Posted February 08, 2013

Cam Cameron is the new offensive coordinator at LSU

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Former Ravens OC Cam Cameron has landed a new job with LSU. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Former Ravens OC Cam Cameron has landed a new job with LSU. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Cam Cameron has landed a  new job as the offensive coordinator for LSU. He will be replacing Greg Studrawa, who has been leading a struggling LSU offense for the past two years.

Cameron got the ax from the Baltimore Ravens earlier this season, a decision that worked out well for the Super Bowl Champions.

Although Cameron has been in the NFL for over 10 years now, he has a long history with LSU head coach Les Miles, dating back to when the two were assistants at Michigan from 1987 to 1993.


14 comments
MuddyBayou1
MuddyBayou1

Give the guy a chance, y'all. Sure, he isn't some offensive guru up-and-comer the masses always demand, but most of those guys flame out pretty quickly, get outed by opposing defenses with a pulse, or jump ship for greener $$$ pastures if they are worth a damn. After the last 5 or so seasons, LSU needs some stability on the offensive side of the ball.  I remember a lot of people deriding the Chavis hire as DC, and look how that turned out. I think this hire can be very much like that. Studrawa was a stopgap promotion after Kragthorpe was diagnosed with Parkinson's. He kept the offenses' head above water, but didn't do much else. Cameron has had a lot of success running offenses. He's not some saint or savior, but a solid, no-nonsense OC that has proven his ability to handle the offensive side of the football. I'd say it's worth giving him a shot at it.

 

FYI, Though a lot of folks would disagree, the raven's success in the playoffs didn't come from firing the guy. It came from the simple fact that opposing teams didn't have much tape or material to prepare for the post-cam offense. Come to think on it, maybe more NFL teams should do this "prepping" for the post-season...

deacon93
deacon93

This is not a good fit. Cameron is not innovative, and innovation is exactly what the unimaginative LSU offense needs right now.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

Stupidity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

A 'struggling offense' hires Cam. I don't think so. He held the Ravens O back, and while college and pro are different animals I doubt if he is the answer. 

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

Not impressed. The guy has a terrible eye for talent (drafting Ted Ginn Jr in top 10) and inability to use the talent available (not giving Ray Rice carries when Flacco struggled midseason).

 

LSU is desperate because year after year they have great defenses loaded with future NFL players but their offense holds them back from anything special. I doubt Cameron will fix this.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @JasonMacBride

 I'm no Einstein, but if I was LSU, I would have poached a rising OC from the Big 12. Those wild shootouts won't happen as much in the SEC, but still a track record of success.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @Rickapolis

 Realistically LSU has been running a pro-style system for years. There are occasional years where they have a mobile QB (Jefferson) that they change things up for but Jamarcus Russell, Matt Flynn, Andrew Hatch, and Metzinger are all pro-style QBs. And the RBs are all stout dudes, no tiny LaMichael James spread attack types here.

 

Pro-style offenses by definition are similar animals to the predominant NFL scheme. Cameron struggled in the pros, he'll probably struggle improving LSU's pro-style offense.

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

@M as in Mancy

Running plays and evaluating talent for college ball is a different beast than doing so in the NFL. And the last time Cameron was coaching collegiate ball, he was well regarded as an offensive mind.

 

I'm certainly not suggesting Cameron is the next Malzahn or something, but *relatively* speaking, it's pretty clear to me that he is an upgrade at OC for LSU.

 

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @M as in Mancy  @JasonMacBride Not sure SEC guys think the Spread can light up SEC defenses.  I think A&M just showed them last season it works and Malzahn already did that at Auburn when he was assistant, expect more of the same as soon as he gets personnel that's suited for the wide-open game.

Scramble
Scramble

 @M as in Mancy  @Rickapolis He was one unreviewed pass away last year from getting into the super bowl. The year before he was two fumbles and interception by Flacco and one fumble by Ray Rice to get a shot at the Jets for a super bowl, who they would have probably beaten. Do you really blame Cam for those two years.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @leehwgoc

 NCAA and NFL ball are certainly 2 different systems, but the underlying concept of finding the right players to fit a system and maximizing their abilities is the same. In fact it's the foundation of normal industry too and Cameron's recent track record has been shaky.

 

I think he's a good guy and was a big part of Rivers and Tomlinson doing well from 02-06, but it's "what have you done for me lately". And the last 5 years haven't been kind.

 

He's still better than the last guy, but I expected LSU to find a guy with recent success in the game, not from the 90s at IU when I was playing with ninja turtles.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @Scramble    @Rickapolis

I'll never blame coaches for fluke plays, just as I won't give them credit for them either. I look at stats and overall trends. There was documented discord between Flacco and Cameron. In 2011, the offense was ranked 12th with basically the same personnel as 2012-when they showed they were elite. The stats for 2012 are hard to index before and after he got fired, but there were a lot of gripes about his short yardage playcalling and Flacco's comfort.

 

Regardless of opinions or the stats, he was fired mid-playoff run and the team's offense exploded in the playoffs. There's all the evidence you need.